5. To excite or stir up to activity, as a fan axcites a flame; to stimulate; as, this conduct fanned the excitement of the populace. Fanning machine, or Fanning mill, a machine for separating seed from chaff, etc, by a blast of air; a fanner.
1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface; as: An instrument for cooling the person, made of feathers, paper, silk, etc, and often mounted on sticks all turning about the same pivot, so as when opened to radiate from the center and assume the figure of a section of a circle.
(Science: machinery) Any revolving vane or vanes used for producing currents of air, in winnowing grain, blowing a fire, ventilation, etc, or for checking rapid motion by the resistance of the air; a fan blower; a fan wheel.
3. A quintain; from its form. Fan blower, a wheel with vanes fixed on a rotating shaft inclosed in a case or chamber, to create a blast of air (fan blast) for forge purposes, or a current for draft and ventilation; a fanner. Fan cricket, an elaborate system of vaulting, in which the ribs diverge somewhat like the rays of a fan, as in henry VII.'s chapel in Westminster Abbey. It is peculiar to english Gothic. Fan wheel, the wheel of a fan blower. Fan window. Same as fan light (above).